July 22, 2011

Megan Burke Named Softball Assistant Coach

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia Department of Athletics and head softball coach Mike Davenport have announced the addition of Megan Burke as the new assistant coach of the Saints softball team.

Burke makes her way to North Georgia after spending three years as an assistant coach at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.  

Working primarily with the pitchers and infielders, she coached the 2011 Flagler pitching staff to a 1.76 earned run average as the program made their first-ever NCAA Southeast Regional appearance.

During her playing days, Burke redshirted as a junior at Nova Southeastern University, but took on the role of student assistant coach. Burke received the Coach's Award for her leadership, dedication to the team and her success in the classroom.

Her senior year, Burke sustained a season-ending injury but maintained her role as a student assistant and learning from veteran head coach Lesa Boneé. The Sharks finished the 2008 season with a 43-20 record and a program-best 12 wins in the Sunshine State Conference.

Burke attended Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Fla., from 2003-2004, where she was one of four team captains and also excelled in the classroom.

From 2004-06, Burke served as an assistant softball coach at Orlando's Bishop Moore Catholic High School. She worked with both the varsity and junior varsity teams.

She graduated from Nova Southeastern University's H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business with a bachelor's degree in sports and recreation management in 2008.

Burke will join a program that has captured three consecutive Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships, and made three straight trips to the NCAA Division II College World Series.

Returning in the circle for Burke will be defending National Pitcher of the Year Jessica Coan, who captured the highest pitching honor in the country after posting a 27-5 record with a 1.09 earned run average and 334 strikeouts in 218.1 innings of work.

In 2012, North Georgia is looking to join Kennesaw State University as the only schools in the history of the Peach Belt Conference to capture four straight PBC regular season and tournament championships.